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SJ Police Charge Man in 1983 Cold Case



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    A man already charged with a decades-old rape and murder now faces  new charges after DNA evidence linked him to a second murder, the Santa Clara  County Sheriff's Office said Friday.
        Christopher Melvin Holland was charged Friday with the 1983 murder  of Tera Marowski, a 21-year-old San Jose resident. Marowski went missing in  late March of that year and was found dead in the back seat of her car on  April 2 in unincorporated San Jose.

        Holland was linked to the murder through DNA evidence after the  case was recently reopened by the sheriff's office cold case unit.     Holland already faces murder charges in a killing that took place  only four months after Marowski's death. Cynthia Munoz, 17, was found dead in  her bedroom in Campbell on Aug. 7, 1983, raped, strangled and suffering from  stab wounds.
        Holland and a friend were regular visitors to the home. DNA  evidence led to charges being filed against Holland in that murder in 2007.
        Investigators obtained the DNA evidence in that case in part by  taking samples from Holland's brother, David Holland.
        David Holland's DNA sample in turn linked him to a 2001 rape of an  81-year-old woman in her San Jose home. He was arrested and charged with that  crime in 2007.
        Investigators said they analyzed the brothers' Y chromosomes  because the chromosomes are almost always the same among men who have the  same father